If you are a foodie like me you have been getting a flurry of “Favorite Thanksgiving Menu” type emails these last few weeks. My traditional part of the Thanksgiving feast is making the pumpkin pies, but since I am also contributing a side dish this year I have been scanning these for inspiration. Last week Elise Bauer from ‘Simple Recipes’ sent one listing some of her favorite holiday menu items, and on it I saw a recipe for an apple, cranberry and butternut squash bake that intrigued me. Given that these are three of my favorite foods I decided to give it a trail run to see how it worked.
Like everything on her site I have tried this was terrific, and as a bonus was incredibly easy to make. Just combine the squash, two peeled and sliced baking apples, and a cup of cranberries in a baking dish. (I used Granny Smith’s for the apples and simplified my life by buying a pre-cut squash.) On top of this sprinkle a mixture of flour, nutmeg and brown sugar and then dot with butter. Bake for about an hour at 350 and enjoy!
I did find the flour, sugar and nutmeg mixture didn’t brown up as nicely as I expected, but maybe I should have left it in a bit longer (although didn’t want to overcook the squash and apples). Regardless, this was oh so simple and oh so delicious. The only challenge with making this next week will be the seeing if there is enough room with the other dishes that need to share the oven at the same time.